Mushrooms are one of the most well-known fungi. They can be found in many places, including soil and decaying wood. You might have noticed mushrooms growing out of your potted monstera plant recently, but what does that mean? Here’s an explanation!
Why Are Mushrooms in Monstera Soil?
There are mushrooms in your mushroom soil because the soil is fertile, moist, or fungus spores somehow got into your plant pot – or a combination of all three!
If the plant is healthy and nothing else seems to be wrong, it’s probably just a fungal growth. Fungi are neither good nor bad – they’re simply organisms that have adapted to grow in different environmental conditions!
Fertile soil has many nutrients for plants or fungi to feed on. If your potting soil contains high amounts of organic matter like bark, composted vegetation, manure, leaves, peat moss, and/or soils mixed with these materials, this can make fertile soil.
In nature, mushrooms usually break down decaying wood or animal feces from herbivores such as deer and elephants because they contain rich sources of nitrogen, which is needed by plants and some types of fungus.
While the mushrooms are usually nothing more than an eyesore, you could use a fungicide (Amazon link) to stop the spread of fungal spores and keep your soil free from any mushrooms.
What are mushrooms?
Mushrooms are the spore-bearing bodies of fungi, which tend to grow on decomposing substances. They come in many shapes and colors depending on what type they are!
Where did they come from?
They could have come from spores that were in the soil or on your plant! In fact, some types of mushroom spores can last for years.
Are mushrooms bad for my monstera?
Mushrooms growing on top of a monstera plant aren’t usually anything to worry about. Although they may look strange and unappealing, the majority won’t affect your plants’ health or growth at all!
However, there are some mushrooms that can be poisonous. This is why it’s important to know the difference between toxic and non-toxic varieties! If you’re concerned about your plant or unsure whether or not a mushroom could harm it, simply look up pictures of the possible types of fungi growing on your monstera roots, so you can identify them correctly.
If you’re worried about the mushrooms in your soil, you can repot your monstera plant into fresh soil that drains well.
Is there anything to stop the mushrooms from growing?
Not really – They often grow in moist or humid environments when the weather is warm and there’s plenty of organic matter around for them to feed on!
As such, the way to avoid fungus growth is by providing cold and dry conditions, which could actually cause more harm to your plant than the mushrooms would.
Should I remove the mushrooms if I have a cat?
yes, you should remove the mushrooms to stop your cat from eating them and becoming ill. Many types of fungi can be highly toxic to felines, so keep this in mind when dealing with fungus growth!
What type of mushroom is growing on my monstera?
There are many different species of both edible and poisonous mushrooms that could grow on your plant. The only way to identify a specific kind is by studying pictures online or consulting a mushroom expert.
Although you may think you know what type of mushroom is on your monstera, it’s never a good idea to assume – the risks are not worth it!
Are mushrooms on my monstera good luck?
That depends on your perspective! Some people believe that mushrooms bring good luck, but others think nothing of it.
How do I remove mushrooms from monstera?
You can remove mushrooms by hand with tweezers. If you are unsure if there is fungus inside your monstera, you can use a fungicide to kill any spores remaining in the soil.
In conclusion, it’s nothing to worry about if you happen to spot some mushrooms on top of your monstera plant, but it can be a sign that the soil is fertile or fungus spores got into your pot. You should treat any fungi with neem oil and remove all visible mushrooms from the surface!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.